Sail away from power lines

January 31, 2024 – The skies are clear and the waterways of SWFL are calling. Boating enthusiasts are reminded to steer clear of power lines. Contacting power lines poses a risk of power interruptions which could result in serious injuries and even death.

  • Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
  • If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
  • If your boat’s wiring is not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
  • Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.

LCEC thanks all boaters for respecting the importance of boating safely around power lines. Visit for more safety tips.